Roy A. Cooper passed from our presence, peacefully, on Saturday evening February 18,2017; shattering the chains of alzhiemers, that kept him bound and robbed us all.
Roy was born March 26, 1948, in Waterville, Maine, the son of Walter and Vivian (Bumps)
Cooper. In his teenage years, Roy began a life spanning career as a truck driver. He was also a highly knowledgeable mechanic, and was owner/operator of R&D Auto Service, formerly of North Augusta. Roy loved building engines, for his true passion, racing. He was owner/driver of the "Naughty Pumpkin", a Jeep funny car, with which he held state racing records, and the "Super Shaker", a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS, that earned him countless trophies.
Roy was also a contributing member of West Cove Ice Racing of Moosehead Lake for numerous seasons, and built many ice racing vehicles. He was an eternally devoted fan of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt.
Roy had a great love for his dogs, and valued their companionship immensely.
Roy was pre-deceased by both of his parents and his only sister, Louise (Young) Arnold. He is survived by his brother Warren Cooper and his wife, Wendy of Lakeville, whom he lived with the last two plus, years. For the loving care, devotion, infinite patience, and sacrifices they made for Daddy, we are eternally grateful. Roy is also survived by his three children with former wife Carol (Ouellette) Cooper; Laurie Theriault of Augusta, Jeannie Bumps and her husband Glenn of Sidney, and Darrin Cooper of Augusta, two granddaughters Desarae Theriault and Lonnah Cooper, and two grandsons Nolan Cooper and Lance Bumps. Roy was very proud to be expecting his first great grandchild in July.
A gathering for Roy's family and friends is being planned and the details will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that if you wish to make a donation in Roy's name, volunteer.
an hour of your time to visit with an Alzheimer’s/dementia patient.
Portland, ME - Barbara E Skillings,61, of Portland ME- Passed away on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Pine Point Center in Scarborough.
Barbara was a very loving yet private person; her family was a very important part of her life. Even though she spent most of her time alone she always looked forward to the sister/niece days she spent with sisters Rose, Sylvia and Sandy and niece Crystal.
She enjoyed reading cookbooks as if they were the most interesting novels ever written. She also enjoyed cooking many interesting meals from her cook book novels. Barbara was an avid researcher and was willing to research almost anything especially if it involved fine jewelry; which was her greatest passion.
Barbara was pre-deceased by her Mother, Edna, her Father George, her brothers Frankie, Bobbie, Roy, Harry and Donald and her sister Loretta. She is survived by her sisters Rose, Sylvia and Sandy and her brothers Pat, Al and Richie as well as several nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held in the Spring at Black Point Cemetery, Scarborough, ME.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to:
The Kidney Foundation of Maine
470 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04103
Portland, ME – Gail Marie Thompson, 61, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on January 15, 2017 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her family.
Gail was born on January 24, 1955 in Newport, VT. She grew up in Brownington Center, Vermont living with her grandmother Eliza Thompson and her mother Evelyn Thompson. Gail attended local schools where she met her lifelong friend Gail Aldrich McKenna. She graduated from Lake Region High School in Orleans, Vermont.
Gail and her mom Evelyn moved to Massachusetts in the mid-1970s where Gail worked as a Unit Coordinator at Emerson Hospital, an EKG technician, ran her own business setting up health clinics in the Fitchburg, Massachusetts area and later took a position as an Office Manager in a cardiology office in Concord, MA. For the last 25+ years, she has been a Practice Manager for Barkin and Green Pulmonary Specialists.
The last few years Gail has split her time living in Florida and Maine working primarily from home. Gail was very involved with The Grange throughout her life. She was active in several churches beginning with The Brownington Center Methodist Church – teaching Sunday School, participating in Bible study and lifting her voice to the Lord in song. Gail volunteered frequently throughout her life – most recently with children at an aftercare program at the Lake Alfred United Methodist Church in Florida and during the last few years has spent countless hours enjoying and caring for her young cousin Maleeya Towle.
Gail was bright, funny and caring. She loved reading, music (she had a beautiful singing voice herself), gardening and shopping. Family was very important to Gail. Uncles, aunts and cousins took care of her and she in turn took care of them. Betty Robinson and family were very dear friends to Gail and a big part of her life.
Gail was predeceased by her mother, Evelyn Thompson, her grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins and her Kitcat. She is survived by many cousins and friends and her beloved cat, Taz.
A graveside service will be held at a later to be determined date in Brownington Center, Vermont.
BERWICK, Maine; Tommie (Tom) Jerome Cole, 59, passed away peacefully January 31, 2017 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital due to complications from open heart surgery. Born in Las Vegas, NV to Daniel and Faye Cole, he lived most of his life in Charleston, SC.
Tom was dedicated to his craft of welding and spent 34 years as a civil servant, most recently working on submarines for the Dept. of the Navy at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. When not working, he used the majority of his free time enjoying life with immediate family and neighbors, camping in northern Maine, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, collecting antique tools and equipment, in addition to simply relaxing in the comfort of his home with loved ones.
Put simply, Tom was a loving man to those whom meant most to him and never hesitated to help when he saw a need. His quick wit and ability to inject light into nearly every situation made the world a funnier place. He knew how to tell it like it was, but was compassionate in his delivery. For his children, he provided an example of how to be a better person, even if you make mistakes along the way. Tom taught those around him with his words, but more importantly with his silent actions that often benefited those whom didn't even ask for the help. Though he'd never admit it, he was a soft soul in a hard shell, loved deeply and was deeply loved by others.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Tammy (Jackson) Cole and their three children, Timothy Cole of Denver, CO, Tiffany Cole of Berwick, ME, Tony Cole of Knoxville, TN, and his only grandchild, Alyssa Cole of Berwick, ME. He is also survived by his two sisters, Sherri (Cole) Montgomery of North Charleston, SC; Cathy (Cole) Roberts of Charleston, SC and his brother, Dan Cole of Summerville, SC as well as many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless friends across the country.
Following his wishes, a cremation will be performed in place of a wake, memorial or funeral service. His family will spread his ashes among the places that made him most happy.
Winslow/Old Orchard Beach – On Monday, January 16, 2017, Mark Andrew Theriault, 59, formerly of Winslow and Old Orchard Beach, died peacefully at the Gosnell Hospice Home in Scarborough as a result of advanced lung disease. He passed away in the loving presence of his brothers and the Rev. John Balicki whom upon completion of a final prayer witnessed Mark’s first step to his new life. Two days prior to Mark’s passage, all his siblings were gathered with him at his home in Old Orchard to share in prayer and love for one final family gathering. Mark is now one with the angels and with the God that provided strength and courage during his earthly journey. He is also in the arms and company of his dearly loved mother and father.
Mark was predeceased by his loving parents Joe and Olivette Theriault formerly of Winslow, ME. He is survived by his sister Lee Ann Whitaker and husband Jon of Bolivia, NC; sister Jean Sylvia and husband Bill of Bar Harbor, ME; brother Paul Theriault and wife Julie of Oakland, ME; brother Jim Theriault and wife Alex of Belgrade, ME; along with precious nieces, nephews and significant others including Danae and Jason Shipp; Kaylan Whitaker; Megan and Chuck Pettit and their sons Chance and Jack; Patrick and Heather Theriault and Heather’s children Aliyah and Nevaeh; Stacy and Jed Nickerson; Spencer Theriault and Sowmya Reddy. He’s also survived by many, many close cousins and friends. Once you met Mark, you were his friend for life.
Born on January 30, 1957 in Waterville, ME, Mark attended St. John’s Elementary School and Winslow High School where he graduated in 1976. He was an avid sports fan and played high school football where in his senior year he was elected captain of the team. The late, great Harold ‘Tank’ Violette was a long time, coach, friend, and second father to Mark. Following high school, Mark joined the United States Navy and served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for three years. As part of his duties Mark travelled the world and visited many interesting places that left lasting memories and was an important formative experience in his young life. He was honorably discharged with a partial disability in 1981.
Shortly after his discharge, Mark was diagnosed with bi-polar depression which was to become the first of two significant life challenges. Living and coping with mental illness was a new experience for Mark and the entire Theriault family. Suffice it to say, that as Mark cycled through the highs and lows of this terrible disease so also did his loving parents, siblings and significant others. A good day for Mark was to just simply make it through the day with some sense of accomplishment and positive feelings. When he could work, he was an ironworker with the local union and worked on various construction projects in Central Maine. As fate and circumstance dictated, Mark became fully disabled as a result of this illness in 1984. The following 10 years witnessed Mark holding and leaving several part time jobs and seeking frequent mental health visits at the US VA in Togus, ME.
It was on January 20, 1994 that Mark was faced with the second and most significant challenge of his life. It was on that day while travelling to Togus for treatment that Mark sustained a significant and permanent Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as the result of an auto accident. He was taken to the Critical Care Unit of Togus VA where he was in a full coma for four months; transferred to Northport VA (Long Island) for another 5 months where in early September 1994, he awakened to greet his loving mother, sister, niece and a few cousins. As his mother frequently said after this event, “I do not require the Easter Story to remind me of the miracle of re-birth. I have the miracle of my son as a source of God’s love each and every day.”
Following Mark’s stay at Togus and Northport VA, he began a several year-long process at recovery in terms of learning how to perform all the basic life functions we take for granted. The miracle of this re-birth was that he not only recognized members of his family and loved ones but also was reawakened from his coma with a loving, cheerful and joyful disposition dedicated to erasing all bad memories and actions of the prior 10 plus years. Miracles come in many different and unique ways.
Mark’s 20 plus year journey with TBI was and will always be an incredible sojourn. We will forever be grateful to all the wonderful doctors, nurses and rehabilitation specialists at Togus & Northport VA’s as well as the loving rehabilitative staffs at Lakeview and Neuro Restorative Centers and Group Homes in teaching Mark to cope with both his TBI and Bi-Polar conditions. In particular, we’d like to cite the loving and long term efforts of Patricia Cirafella who went above and beyond in her loving care for Mark and was there to pick him up when he fell and rejoice in his many moments of success. There were many angels in Mark’s life; none more significant and loving as Pat.
In Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ , he describes a person’s ability to find meaning in hopeless situations by saying, “Any person can decide under the most difficult of circumstances what is to become of them both mentally and spiritually. One may retain their honor and dignity and realize a genuine inner achievement that makes life meaningful and purposeful.” Mark found incredible purpose in his life by loving his family and friends (and anyone he met) with unquestioned love. He found inspired purpose by sharing his experiences with families dealing with loved ones stricken with incidents of TBI for the first time. He engaged in daily prayer and fostered an incredible spiritual connection to the God he knew and loved by opening his arms wide with unqualified appreciation to everyone he met. His greatest gift to all was the gift of perspective. He understood that there were other TBI patients far worse off than he and was thankful for his many blessings each and every day. Everyone who knew and loved Mark could not help but be impressed with this outlook and be touched forever as a result. He was a loving brother, friend and teacher and will be dearly missed.
A memorial celebration of Mark’s life will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waterville later this Spring. The Theriault and St. Mark families will make arrangements and send out notices well in advance of this event.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Mark’s name to:
Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route 1
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
(attn.: Discretionary Fund)
60 Eustis Parkway
Waterville, ME 04901